This project provides 100 Congolese youth with disabilities essential treatment and equipment, increasing their mobility, dignity and opportunities for the future.
Project addresses the lack of affordable treatment and bracing for 100 youth with disabilities in the DR Congo—a country with a uniquely severe disability problem and where IPVRC maintains treatment centers in 6 different cities. Impact on beneficiaries' mobility, dignity and opportunity for full societal integration is typically very high, with many beneficiaries progressing from having to crawl on all fours to walking upright and others freed from unnecessary pain and deformity.
Trained technicians (themselves disabled) craft high-quality, custom-fit braces to enable/assist disabled Congolese youth to walk. Pre-bracing surgery by a specialist is provided for cases requiring it; physical therapy is provided after bracing.
The 100 youths whose mobility will be enhanced will be more able to fully integrate in Congolese society, becoming less dependent, contributing to the country's development, and serving to decrease the isolation and stigma associated with disability.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Bracing for the future in the Congo
PHI Article about IPVRC's work in DRC
Photojournalist Finbarr O'Reilly covers IPVRC
StandProud (formerly IPVRC)
Loveland, OH - USA
Development, Liaison, and Administrative Officer